Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Arts and Crafts

Easter Basket Ideas for Kids – Arts and Crafts

One of my favorite things to do is to stuff arts and crafts supplies in my kids’ Easter baskets. In my mind, I am restocking to keep my kids busy in the coming months. I find that when I buy high-quality arts and craft supplies they last longer. If you need Easter basket ideas for kids, check out all of the neat things we have found to help you build your Easter baskets.

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Unique Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

Unique Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Girls

If you plan to build your own Easter basket this year and need some fun ideas for girls, we have found some great non-candy items. At our house, I like to do just a tiny bit of candy and a few small other things. Sometimes I like to include a book, some small toys and other years, I add art supplies or fun things for the upcoming Summer. I like to choose practical items or things that will last my kids a while. Check out all of our great ideas.

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Fun Ideas for Easter Baskets for Boys

 Fun Easter Basket Ideas for Boys that are Not Candy

Easter Baskets for Boys


If you are filling easter baskets for boys this year, we have some great ideas of non-candy items you can put in your baskets this year. At our house, we put just a small amount of candy in the kids’ baskets and we like to add a few small toys or books to fill the baskets. They already get so much candy at local Easter egg hunts that we like to limit the sweets, plus I like to restock things like art supplies, reading materials or outdoor toys.

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Bargain Shopper Mom Is Now Everyday Savvy

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You may have noticed a little over a week ago a few changes to the website. I decided to rebrand Bargain Shopper Mom to Everyday Savvy. For awhile I have felt a disconnect between the name Bargain Shopper Mom and what I want this website to be. I want the website to be a resource for you to help you live your best life  on a budget everyday. Sometimes I will just highlight things I love and there might not be a deal.  I know many of you liked out great gift ideas series during the holidays.  These gift idea list can come in handy all year round for birthdays as well. [Read more...]

Kroger Marketplace Tour – Shelby Township Mi – One Stop Shopping


Last week the first Michigan Kroger Marketplace location opened. It is it on the northwest corner of 23 Mile and Hayes in Shelby Township. The address is  4945 23 Mile Rd. I had a chance to take a tour of the store before they opened and was quite impressed.

The store has so much to offer. I love that it is one stop shopping.  Grab your groceries, a toy for a birthday party and even get your watch battery changed all at one location. I was happy to see  they have a huge organic produce section and lots of Michigan products including a large selection Michigan beers and wine.

This video will give you a store tour with pictures.

Kroger Marketplace Specialty Departments


Murray’s Cheese Shop

  • Murray’s Cheese has been in business since 1940 and started moving into the grocery market as a way to offer cheeses to more people. It opened the first Kroger outlet six years ago in Cincinnati, where Kroger is headquartered.
  • Murray’s Cheese is a well-respected cheese store in Greenwich Village of New York, with another location at Grand Central Terminal.
  • At the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace customers will have access to more than 200 specialty cheeses, handpicked by Murray’s Cheese.
  • Over the past three years, Murray’s has trained more than 1,000 Kroger associates in their “red jacket training” program. Kroger staffs each location with a cheesemaster and cheese associates who have received extensive cheese service training from Murray’s. Before each store opening, the cheesemaster and store managers travel to New York City for on-the-ground training at Murray’s Cheese flagship location.
  • If you don’t know anything about cheese or if you know everything about cheese, it will be fun to shop at Kroger and learn from the cheese experts in the Deli department. It’s a choose-your-own adventure at the cheese counter. Murray’s philosophy is taste before you buy so you’re welcome to swing by anytime to try a new cheese.

Deli/Bakery department

  • The deli department offers a fresh, sushi, hot soup, and an olive island.
  • In the Bakery department, customers have access to a state-of-the-art, user-friendly bread slicer for fresh, Artisan bread made daily.

Produce, Floral and Natural Food department

  •  More than 120+ organic fruit and vegetables, and a wide selection of fresh cut fruits available.
  • The Produce department features a grind your own peanut butter machine (in Natural Foods department).
  • The Natural Food department offers a full line of Organic and Natural Simple Truth items.
  • In the Floral department, customers can build their own bouquet of fresh cut flowers and choose from a variety of balloons and custom gift baskets.

Baby World

  • Parents can find everything they need in one fast stop in the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace Baby World department.
  • The department carries a wide selection of baby basics in addition to baby food, formula, and diapers, such as baby apparel, bibs, cribs, playards, car seats, strollers, high chairs, baby swings and more.
  • Baby items are sold at budget-friendly prices and include brands such as Graco.

  Houseware department

  • Customers can find all their kitchen essentials in the Houseware department, including utensils, dinnerware, small appliances, glassware and cookware.
  • Quality brands are sold in the Kitchen Place department, including Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Pyrex.
  • The department also offers Dyson Vacuums and Keurig coffee makers.

  Toy department

  • Customers can find a wide selection of toys, games, and plush animals for all ages.
  • Popular brands sold, include Lego, Disney, Barbie, Nerf, Fisher Price, Preskool, Mattel, Hasbro and Hotwheels.

  Apparel department

  • Men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel and shoes are available in the Apparel department.
  • Great style and familiar brands, including Champion, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co., Gloria Vanderbilt, Fila, Carhartt, Sketchers and more.

Fred Meyer Jewelers

  • Located inside the Shelby Twp. Kroger Marketplace, Fred Meyer Jewelers offers an extensive variety of quality fine jewelry, including everything from diamond bridal and engagement jewelry to brand name watches.
  • Also offers fun and fashionable gemstone jewelry, men’s and children’s jewelry and exclusive brands, collections and pieces.


  • Grab your favorite Starbucks drink or treat
  • Enjoy the free wi-fi service

I you live nearby, be sure to check out the new Michigan Kroger Marketplace.  You can find this week’s Kroger sales and coupon matchups here. 

Disclosure: Kroger invited some bloggers, including myself, to tour and review the new Kroger Marketplace. I was provided with a Kroger gift card and a swag bag from both Fred Meyer Jewelers and Murray’s Cheese as thanks for my post and participation.              

Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park Day Pass Giveaway – $100 Value

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Today is the last day to enter. Don’t miss your chance to win!


Did you read my Castaway Bay Indoor Water Park review?  We had such a great time. It was especially nice considering the horrible winter. We left the polar vortex behind and were in 82 degree warmth. [Read more...]

Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Review & Trip Report


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Be sure to enter to win 4 day passes to Castaway Bay Indoor water park here!!!

Every winter I start to daydream about a tropical island vacation when the snow is on the ground here in Michigan. However, actually going to the islands is not always in the budget.  That is why most winters, we head to the next best thing – an indoor waterpark.  It is the budget alternative to an island getaway. [Read more...]

OnStar Introduces 4G LTE Connectivity In Your Vehicle



This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and OnStar blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.


“How much longer?” or “Are we there yet?” if you have taken a road trip with kids and maybe even adults, you have heard this more times than you can count. Road trips can seem endless without distractions for little ones and older kids alike. What if I said that this could be a thing of the past? Would you believe that your car could become a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and everyone in the car could connect their devices including smartphones and tablets and that the signal is powerful enough that you could stream videos and even watch live TV via an app? It seems like science fiction or something the Jetsons might have in their flying car. However, the future is almost here. [Read more...]

Fun & Unique Gift Ideas for Baby Boys and Baby Girls

 Fun & Unique Gifts for Baby Boy and Baby Girl

Fun & Unique Gift Ideas – Baby Girl & Baby Boy

I love to find learning and exploring toys for babies. They love bright, colorful toys that catch their attention and we found so many neat things your baby girls and baby boys will enjoy. I loved getting baby toys as gifts for my kids as that special toy will keep them occupied for long periods of time, especially if they are scooting or crawling. [Read more...]

Cool Fitness Gifts for Men and Women

 Cool Fitness Gift Ideas for Men and Women

Top Holiday Gifts – Fitness Gift for Men and Women

January is usually when people end up back to their fitness routines. December is the perfect time to find that perfect fitness gift for men and women in your life. From magazine to equipment to fitness devices, there are so many neat things to keep fitness enthusiasts on track! Find that perfect gift that motivates your friend or family member this year. [Read more...]

More Holiday Gift Ideas for Young Boys Ages 3, 4 & 5

More Great Gift Ideas for Boys 3 4 & 5

Gift Ideas for Boy – Boys Ages 3-5

As a mom of  two young boys, I’m always trying to find toys that will get a ton of play, won’t break easily and will hold their interest for a few years. I would rather buy them a few nice things than a whole pile of toys that I will be donating a few weeks after the holidays. I love anything that helps them use their imagination and, of course, educational toys are great too. You may not see all of these items in the toy catalogs that come in the mail around the holidays, but I think all of these items are worth checking out for your boys.
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